French Oval Steamer/Poacher

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French Oval Steamer/Poacher


Date/Circa: 1890Origin: France Catalog No: A0642
Length: 4"Width: 11"Height: 6"

The French have a particular pan for every mode of cooking. This form of steamer originated in Brittany, the seafood capital of France. There, lobsters were steamed or poached for generations before those of us in other parts of the world thought they were a delicacy.   This oval shape is unusual, even in the long, varied and abundant world of French copper.

Today the steamer pot has been known to hold anything a chef can create for baking, poaching, steaming or roasting.

We love antique copper pans and use them exclusively in our home. Copper conducts heat quickly and evenly with no hot spots on the bottom of the pan, allowing for greater control because the pans heat up faster, then cool down faster when taken from the heat. Copper pots are the prize of a chef’s kitchen.

Rare because of its shape, this pot is even rarer in that it still has its original insert, making steaming and poaching so much easier.

In excellent condition.


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